Virginia McCaskey — you, and you alone, know more about the Bears than anyone alive.
You know what your father, George Stanley Halas/Papa Bear/originator of the NFL/first Bears owner/coach/ player, knew just before he passed away when he took action that resulted in a Super Bowl Victory by the 1985 Bears.
Halas knew what was wrong with the Bears. He knew the team needed a great quarterback in order to win a Super Bowl.
Halas’ general manager, Jim Finks, stated publicly on numerous occasions that he did not believe having a terrific quarterback was necessary to succeed, in spite of the Minnesota Vikings never winning any of the four Super Bowls while he was GM.
In one fell swoop in 1982, Halas stepped in and hired head coach Mike Ditka, Finks resigned and quarterback Jim McMahon was drafted in the first round. Three years later the Bears made history.
Yes, Virginia, you saw all that happen, up close and personally.
You know what’s gone wrong with the Bears this season. You know that this team is capable of winning a Super Bowl and won’t because of one simple problem; quarterback Mitch Trubisky doesn’t believe in himself and this is bringing the entire Bears franchise down.
This problem needs to be fixed, right now. All you have to do is make it so.
You need to tell head coach Matt Nagy it’s alright with you to bench Trubisky until he gets his mind right. You need to tell GM Ryan Pace to start looking for another proven QB.
There just so happens to be a Super Bowl QB in his prime who is available for the asking, right now. Hiring him would be world shaking news and cement your place in football history forever.
All you’ve got to do is say, “Yes!”
C’mon Virginia, do it!
Scott Richard Holm, Lake Zurich
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Is Buttigieg Dem’s rising star for 2020?
It is hard for a star to emerge in the crowded Democratic field.
Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — are flawed.
Biden and Sanders are frankly too old, and Sanders/Warren are so far left that moderate Democrats and Republicans who don’t want to vote for President Donald Trump won’t support them.
Voters are still hoping to coalesce around a relative newcomer that they can trust to revive the presidency and the country, after its flirtation with the dark side is over.
So far, it has winnowed down to Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Kamala Harris, while others like Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke and Julian Castro are still fighting to break out, and some lower tier candidates are still hanging on.
In my view, the emerging star will be Buttigieg.
Yes, he is young, but his life experience has been exemplary. He is so intelligent and speaks with such clarity and practicality that people listen and understand.
He is calm in demeanor, but forceful in his goals of improving American lives. And he can shut down Trump’s insults with wry humor.
I am confident that when the winner of the Democratic primary materializes and the media focus is on one, instead of many, we will have a strong contender for the presidency who will ultimately win.
Carol Kraines, Deerfield